Seagull Maritime SWS
Introducing the Seagull Maritime SWS (Solid Wood Series)
Every line of Seagull guitars uses laminated back and sides except 2: Maritime and Artist Series
When you buy a Seagull Maritime you are purchasing a guitar made of all solid tonewoods, hence the name tag SWS (Solid Wood Series).
Also, an important point to note is that every single model in the Maritime SWS Series is made with solid Mahogany for back and sides except for the Rosewood model. They all feature a pressure tested Spruce Top (best standard for acoustic steel string guitars) except for the Mahogany which uses solid Mahogany for the entire guitar body.
And, all of the necks are 1.8" at the nut except for the Rosewood model, which is 1.72" for a slimmer, more traditional feel.
The current Seagull Maritime SWS series come in 7 models, and have a few letters in their names that mean a few different things such as:
SWS = Solid Wood Series
HG = High Gloss
CW = Cutaway
SG = Semi Gloss
GT = Gloss Top
Q1 = Godin Quantum 1 Transducer Preamp Pickup
The name "Maritime" literally means bordering the sea, or near the sea, and falls in line perfectly with the other Seagull guitar concepts as they all have different themes based on what inspired the look, feel and demand for the different guitar models.
Essentially, when Godin Guitars built the Seagull Maritime Series, they wanted to give people an all solid wood guitar series at a more affordable price than their upper echelon Seagull Artist Series, making them accessible to more people.
Their Artist Series range from about $700 to the $1400 range (new), but the Maritime Series Range from about $649 to $849 price range (new) depending on how they are bundled and which model you choose.
The first model in this series features a full dreadnought size and shape, with their signature Seagull rounded shoulders which gives this guitar a nice full sound but adds punchiness to the tone so it can cut through and sound great when played with other instruments.
All this means is that the finish is High Gloss versus Semi-gloss. Now to most people, this only means that is shines more.
To a more refined ear, this also means the guitar will have a little bit brighter tone and a more crisp response.
If you play the two side-by-side, you should be able to notice that the HG not only looks more shiny and reflective, but the sound will give a little bit more crisp response.
The 3rd in this series is the Maritime SWS Mahogany HG (High gloss). So what's the big deal about Mahogany?
It also features a cutaway, which is nice for those who want to play more up the neck for some lead riffs and other kind of guitar styles where access to the 14th through 17th fret are more needed.
The body is a folk size, so it is a bit smaller than a Dread and will feel lighter and smaller to the person who is used to playing a standard Dreadnought.